FDNY firefighters won’t be dispatched to potential coronavirus cases

  • Source: New York Post
  • Published: 03/09/2020 12:00 AM

They’re not the Bravest when it comes to the coronavirus. The FDNY won’t dispatch its firefighters to potential coronavirus patients, leaving its paramedics and EMTs to handle them alone, The Post has learned. The department issued an order Friday temporarily relieving firefighters from responding to calls of the second highest priority for patients with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or even those who are unconscious. A fever, cough and trouble breathing are the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus, officially called COVID-19. “We can’t believe they would put out this order during one of the biggest citywide health crises. The fact that they’re abdicating all of this is just astounding,” one paramedic told The Post. “You’re talking about people who call themselves the Bravest.” EMTs and paramedics, with their ranks already depleted, believe the order will further strain the system.


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